Headshot Photo of Daniel Sobajian
2011 Award Recipient


Project StudentsDo

Location Los Angeles, CA

Issue Area Philanthropy

Daniel was shocked when he learned that 60% of his public school classmates’ families lived at or below the poverty line. He felt compelled to address this reality and began a nonprofit called StudentsDo.org. Daniel’s first project was a back-to-school supply drive. The drives continued for multiple years and provided school supplies for students in Daniel’s area, including pencils, crayons, paper, notebooks, backpacks, and other much-needed items.

Daniel actively collaborated with local organizations, including seven schools, two youth councils, two libraries, and one local church. Daniel’s efforts strongly impacted his local community, providing donations to places like the Westside Children’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, and the Mar Vista Family Center.

Helping kids close to home builds and strengthens my local community.

Daniel Sobajian
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller